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Old 02-01-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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Nasa warns super solar storm could cook electrical grid?

read about this, but informative vid.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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uh-oh....Sun is the terrorist!!!! I hear U.S. is preparing to invade it as we speak...
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:36 PM   #3
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^ hey its justified. all those WMDs and the potential. i hear one day, its plan is to engulf the earth then explode. one of those suicide bomber suns i hear
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:18 AM   #4
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That reporter has no clue what hes talking about.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:38 AM   #5
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^ war on the sun!

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That reporter has no clue what hes talking about.
seriously its like he was just gliding through the ****ing matrix
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:16 AM   #6
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That reporter has no clue what hes talking about.
No kidding, that was painful to watch.

I remember a time when news was reported by... you know, reporters.

Wonder what the US is planning against this solar menace? Will the children be safe?
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:08 AM   #7
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slow news day. leave that stuff to the Discovery Channel.

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:47 AM   #8
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This is all VERY possible. As said in the video there is a 11yr cycle. The last cycle ended about Dec 2008. So we are in theory going back up. But the level of sunspots has been sooooo low that it’s like there isn’t any activity what so ever. This might sound great, because less likely to affect things like Satellite and power grids. But this is a problem on a number of fronts.

I’m a Licensed Amateur Radio operator and we rely on the solar storms to be able to communicate via Radio around the world. I won’t go into all the workings of it, but the short form is that when earth is hit by a blast of gas from the sun it excites layers(atoms) in our atmosphere which reflects the radio signals back to earth instead of floating off into space. Some people call it skip, much like a rock skipping across the pond. We haven’t had those sun farts to excite the layers so that signals skip around the world, makes for a shitty hobby when the whole point of skipping your signal around the world does happen 
Side Note: And some will say why bother when we have the internet. Well tell that to people say in Haiti/Katrina, power grid down, no cell, no satellite. BUT a ham radio operator with a car battery and a long piece of wire can setup a station in a matter of a few mins and transmits around the world what’s going on. I helped back in the 90’s with the PQ ice storm, even here in Canada, when the storm hit many communities had no means to ‘talk’ outside of the town. Ham Radio operators setup stations around City Halls to send updates back to control centers like I worked in, in downtown Toronto.

On to other problems. If the sun isn’t farting the way it should that the pressure builds, much like a lot of use after a good bowl of chili, that gas builds up and up. At one point it’s going to have to be released and you HOPE it’s going to be a slow and steady flow. BUT should it be a big bang you’re going to have a major skid mark(EARTH) And it’s going to be a very bad day when that happens.
What happens is this wave of energy hits the earth, that energy is picked up by our hydro lines, which act like antennas.(try this experiment, run a LONG wire across a field a few feet above the ground on a windy day, wait a few mins, now touch the end of it, tell me what happens, MB users with pacemakers please don’t try this). So this flow of energy hits the grid and its gotta go somewhere. That somewhere is transformers and your PC, LCD TVs, and if that happens BANG BANG BANG!! Up in smoke they go. Sure a lot of electronics/transformers are designed to take some overload, but not in a magnitude of what may seem like a direct hit be lightening.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:52 PM   #9
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I'm getting tired of all these doomsday posts on the max
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #10
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well all they should do is follow the SIMPSONs movie and cover US of A with a GIANT glass cover might as well tint it for better UAV protection... haha

Oh and OMG computers are going down? Are u serious? No Maxbimmer or Facebook? Holy shit I will cut my wrist right that moment haha.

What a joke.

Anyway... I Believe if something is going to hit us we wont be able to predict it.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:13 PM   #11
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omgzzz it's going to happen in 2012!! OMGZZZZNOSTRACODMUSSSSSS MYANNNNSSSS!! 1337!
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:40 PM   #12
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ya it ends on 2012 guys so dont worry u got 2 years.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:24 PM   #13
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I think ever year I hear something exactly like this, saying there will be a big solar flare soon, electrical grid will go down, world's gonna end, etc. Well I'm sitting here on my laptop so it hasn't happened, and I'm 99% sure it wont happen for a long time.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:33 PM   #14
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u.s gov is talking about this

Panel: Electrical grid vulnerable to terrorist attack

By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON It sounds like a science-fiction disaster: A nuclear weapon is detonated miles above the Earth's atmosphere and knocks out power from New York City to Chicago for weeks, maybe months.

Experts and lawmakers are increasingly warning that terrorists or enemy states could wage that exact type of attack, idling electricity grids and disrupting everything from communications networks to military defenses.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is pushing Congress for authority to require power companies to take protective steps, which could include building metal shields around sensitive computer equipment.

An expert panel that Congress created to study such an attack says it would halt banking, transportation, food, water and emergency services and "might result in defeat of our military forces." "The consequences would be catastrophic," said Joseph McClelland, director of the energy commission's Office of Electric Reliability. "It would bring down the whole grid and cost between $1 trillion and $2 trillion" to repair, said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md. Full recovery could take up to 10 years, he said. The scenario involves a phenomenon called an "electromagnetic pulse," or EMP, which is essentially a huge energy wave strong enough to knock out systems that control electricity flow across the country.

A nuclear explosion 25 to 250 miles above the Earth's surface would be high enough that the blast wouldn't damage buildings or spread a lethal radioactive cloud. Even so, at that height, the pulse would fan out hundreds of miles. The immediate effect would resemble a blackout. Although blackouts can be restored quickly, an EMP could damage or destroy power systems, leaving them inoperable for months or longer. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is pushing a bill to give the energy commission broad authority. At a committee hearing in July, Steve Naumann of energy giant Exelon said the authority should be limited to "true emergency situations." The commission studying the threat says the U.S. is ill-prepared to prevent or recover from an EMP, a vulnerability could invite an attack.

"We are not well-protected at all," said Michael Frankel, who was executive director of the commission
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:46 PM   #15
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What the hell's the point of mentioning what we're vulnerable from? Honestly why do you always post these things? What are you trying to say? Alot of things can happen, doesn't mean that they will. Do you constantly worry about getting run over by a drunk bus driver when you walk down the street? Do you worry about a car crashing through your house as you sit in your living room? If you don't then you shouldn't have to worry about all of these crazy doomsday and conspiracy theories.

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm tired of seeing these posts that blow everything out of proportion flooding the forums.
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